Liu says Weiner should run if he wants, ‘just stop tweeting’
After a speech to the Association for a Better New York this morning, John Liu took a couple of questions about this morning's big New York Times Magazine story, which floats the possibility Anthony Weiner might enter the mayor's race after all.
"If Anthony wants to be mayor, he should run," said Liu. "I guess I would just suggest getting rid of his phone and closing down the tweeting account."
Liu was asked if he thought Weiner would be a viable candidate.
"I say, this is a democracy, Anthony's got a lot of resources, he's a hustler," Liu said. "Just stop tweeting."
Once Weiner admitted that his acount wasn't hacked, he did just that, having sent just three tweets since 2011: two about Rockaways relief and one that said "Llp@."
Liu provides something of a model for how to run through adversity. The comptroller has weathered a fund-raising investigation that charged a top donor and a young aide with coordinating straw donations to Liu's mayoral campaign.
But Liu, unlike Weiner, has always maintained his innocence, and, as yet, there aren't any provocative pictures to accompany his campaign's misdeeds.